Baton Rouge is the greatest little city is Louisiana's capital city. It rests on the Mississippi River's east bank, about 80 miles northwest of New Orleans. The beautiful plantations and grand homes of the Old South that line the river from New Orleans to Natchez personify the rich cultural heritage of Baton Rouge.
There are over 40 plantations from the Antebellum period that are open to the public for daily touring or weekend getaways. Some are romantic in style and architecture, some are eccentric, but all are full of the history of Baton Rouge.
Full of history as well is the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, also located at the Mississippi's edge. The port was established in 1952, is currently the fourth largest port in the United States, and is ranked sixth in the nation for total tonnage. The port provides direct access to the Gulf of Mexico and is served by Kansas City Southern Lines, Union Pacific Railroad, and Illinois Central.
Baton Rouge's downtown area is an exciting mix of art and entertainment, as well as a governmental hub. The government of Baton Rouge operates on a city/parish system, and parishes include Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Feliciana, and West Baton Rouge. The downtown area is also a growing financial and professional business arena.